USC Policies on Grading et al

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Change of Program (Drop and Add)

No course may be added or dropped by a student except on forms specifically provided through the Registration and Records Office (USC Request for Change of Program). The deadline for adding classes is the end of the third week. No course(s) may be dropped after the end of the twelfth week.

Students have until the end of the twelfth week of the semester to drop courses, whether passing or failing. Drops occurring before the end of the third week will result in no record of registration appearing on the transcript. Drops occurring after the third week will result in the recording of a W. No course may be dropped after the twelfth week. Students may not withdraw from a course in which they have committed or have been accused of committing an academic integrity violation.

Note that according to Cinema and Television policy, any student who does not show up for the first day of classes, forfeits his or her registratoin in that class.

 

Definition of Grades

[Note: University policy, as it existed at the time of publication of the 1987 edition of the Faculty Handbook, is set out herein. However, many of these policies are now obsolete. The Dean of Academic Records and Registrar should be contacted for current policies.]

The general policy at the University is that undergraduate and graduate courses taken for academic credit are letter-graded. In addition, plus and minus grades are used, with the exception of A plus, F plus, and F minus. With the exception of differing practices in some professional schools, and certain undergraduate and graduate courses that have been authorized in advance by either the Undergraduate Studies Committee or Graduate and Professional Studies Committee to be graded on a credit/no credit (CR/NC) basis, grades are defined as follows:

A Work of excellent quality

B Work of good quality

C Work of fair quality in undergraduate courses and minimum passing in graduate courses

D Work of minimum passing quality in undergraduate courses and failure in graduate courses

F Failure. This grade is awarded to any student failing to meet the minimum standards for passing the course.

Other marks and their definitions:

CR - Credit (passing grade for non-letter-graded courses equivalent to B quality or better for graduate courses and C quality or better for undergraduate courses); no effect on GPA.

NC - No Credit (failing grade for non-letter-graded courses); no effect on GPA.

P - Pass (passing grade equivalent to C quality or better for letter-graded undergraduate courses where a student elects to take it on a Pass/No Pass basis)

NP - No Pass (failing grade for undergraduate courses taken by undergraduates on a Pass/No Pass basis)

W - Withdraw Students have until the end of the twelfth week of the semester to drop courses, whether passing or failing. Drops occurring before the end of the third week will result in no record of registration appearing on the transcript. Drops occurring after the third week will result in the recording of a W. No course may be dropped after the twelfth week. Students may not withdraw from a course in which they have committed or have been accused of committing an academic integrity violation.

UW - Unofficial Withdrawal (designates students who have stopped attending prior to the drop deadline [end of week 12] without officially withdrawing). These students' names will appear as official enrollees on the final grade sheet for the course. The UW will be computed in the GPA as zero grade points (as in the case of an F) and indicates a failure on the part of the student to assume the administrative responsibility of officially dropping a course.

NR - No Record Of Attendance; students whose name appear on the final grade sheet as officially enrolled but for whom there is no record of attendance. This mark will not be computed into the GPA.

MG - Missing Grade (an administrative mark used in cases where the instructor fails to submit a final course grade for a student correctly. All missing grades must be resolved by the instructor through the Correction of Grade process)

IN - Incomplete (work not completed because of illness or extraordinary circumstances occurring after the twelfth week of the semester. Arrangements for the IN and its removal must be initiated by the student and agreed to by the instructor prior to the final examination). If an incomplete is assigned as the student's grade, the teacher will specify to the student and the department the work remaining to be done, the procedures for its completion, the grade in the course to date, and the weight to be assigned to work remaining to be done when the final grade is computed.



USC has a web page which lists a lot of student information, including add/drop information.

 

 



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